Venue & Events

Welcome Reception

Venue

As one of the largest cities in western Japan, Hiroshima has been a bustling, affluent and prosperous city with a rich history dating back to 1589, when it was established as the capital city of a powerful samurai warlord. Today, of course, Hiroshima is most well-known as the first city in the world to have suffered an atomic bombing, which occurred towards the end of World War II on August 6, 1945.

Around the city of Hiroshima, you will find many well-used green spaces, none of which are more important than the poignant Peace Memorial Park, where various statues and monuments reside, as well as the A-Dome building, which has become a symbol of peace and has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from war memorials, Hiroshima boasts some of the best traditional Japanese landscaping, including the beautiful Shukkeien Garden complete with tea houses, ponds and bridges.

Finally, there is the iconic Miyajima Shrine Island, which is revered as on of the “three views of Japan” with its towering red torii gate standing in the midst of the inland sea. Built in 593, it was renovated to its current splendor in 1168. The main hall of the shrine is furnished with vermillion-lacquered columns and Japanese cypress bark roofing. The shrine pavilion is a unique example of Heian Period architecture and has been designated as a national treasure of Japan. The Miyajima Shrine is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its close proximity to Hiroshima makes for a wonderful afternoon visit. 

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Welcome Reception

On Friday, November 1, 2019 we will hold an optional dinner reception in a Japanese restaurant serving local and regional cuisine from 17:00 to 18:30. Please note that this is a ticketed event that will be 4,500 JPY per person. The reception will be contingent on receiving a minimum number of confirmed reception attendees.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 17:00 to 18:30
Meeting Point: Mitsui Garden Hotel lobby at 16:45
Cost for Registrants: 4,500 JPY

Event Location and Headquarter Hotel

All sessions and the welcome reception will be held in the Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel, which is located a short distance from Peace Park. Situated in the city center, this hotel is close to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Also nearby are the A-Bomb Dome and Bell of Peace: part of the UN World Heritage site.

Hotel Features
High-speed (wired) Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Additional amenities include Room service (during limited hours), dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. The property has designated areas for smoking.

Guestrooms
The 76 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel include slippers and hair dryers. Guests can use the in-room complimentary wired high-speed Internet access. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs with digital channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer showers with handheld showerheads, bidets, and complimentary toiletries. In addition, amenities available on request include microwaves, in-room massages, and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered daily.

Restaurants
There are 4 restaurants located in the Kokusai Hotel: Geishu(Japanese cuisine), Mi Casa(Spanish cuisine), Tonfon(Chinese cuisine) and a spinning restaurant/bar called Kuru Kuru (American cuisine). Room service is also available.

Transportation

From JR Sanyo Line Hiroshima Station South Exit: 10 minutes by Hiroshima Electric Railway train bound for Hiroden-Miyajimaguchi or Eba get off at Tatemachi Station: it’s a 3 minute walk from there to the Kokusai Hotel or a 5 minute walk from the Hiroshima Bus Center.

Alternatively,  you can take a taxi from Hiroshima Station in less than 10 minutes.

Kokusai Hotel Facilities and Amenities

  • 76 air-conditioned western and Japanese style rooms
  • Check in 14:00 / Check out 11:00AM
  • American Express, Diner’s Club, JCB Master Card, VISA or Japanese yen(card must be presented at check in)
  • Room Service
  • Toothbrush/paste, shampoo, soap, razor, hair dryer, etc.
  • Mini refrigerator and coffee/tea maker
  • TV (free satellite or pay-per-view)
  • Coin laundry and vending machines
  • Free Internet in rooms(wired)
  • Massage Service
  • Currency exchange

Hotel Reservations

It is not required to stay at the venue hotel. All participants are responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation. The cost of the hotel room is not included in the registration fee. Any guestroom changes, cancellations, disputes, etc., are the participant’s responsibility.

If you’re unable to secure a reservation at the venue hotel, there are many other hotels nearby. Questions regarding other hotels and rates should be directed to your travel agency.

Overflow Hotels

It is not required to stay at the venue hotel. All participants are responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation. The cost of the hotel room is not included in the registration fee. Any guestroom changes, cancellations, disputes, etc., are the participant’s responsibility.

If you’re unable to secure a reservation at the venue hotel, there are many other hotels nearby. Questions regarding other hotels and rates should be directed to your travel agency.

Granvia Hotel Hiroshima (Cost: $$$)
The hotel adjoins Hiroshima station, which makes it excellent choice for travelers arriving in Hiroshima by bullet train.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Heiwa Odori (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located on Heiwa Odori Street, this hotel is just minutes on foot to Peace Park.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Station Shinkansen Exit (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located next to Hiroshima Station, this hotel is just minutes by tram to the venue site.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Station South Exit (Minamiguchi-migi) (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located near the south exit of Hiroshima Station, this hotel is just minutes by tram to the venue site.

Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Station Bridge South (Ohashi-minami) (Cost: $)
Amenities: free Internet service and continental breakfast. Located near the south bridge in front of Hiroshima Station, this hotel is just minutes by tram to the venue site.

Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima (Cost: $)
Located on Heiwa Odori Street, this hotel is just minutes on foot to Peace Park.